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What Is Eastern Europe?

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This paper discusses Eastern Europe as a way of being traceable to a specific place or topos in between the West and its Others. By virtue of fitting neither one of the terms of the usual dichotomy it could provide novel insights into Western or European identity, as well as social and political problems, such as immigration. More precisely, Eastern Europe is an instance of the process of creating the self through the encounter with an other that is not radically other. Such a notion of Eastern Europe is developed from three sources: the Ancient Greek thinker Heraclitus, the Chicana theorist and writer Gloria Anzaldua, and Merab Mamardashvili, a philosopher from Soviet Georgia.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Philosophy Department, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373, USA

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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